Effect of oxygen pressure on asphalt oxidation kinetics Academic Article uri icon


  • The oxidation of asphalt is a major cause of pavement failure. At a given temperature and pressure, the asphalt oxidizes in two stages: (1) a rapid-rate period followed by (2) a long period with constant oxidation rate. The degree of oxidation that occurs in the constant-oxidation region is asphalt-dependent and varies with oxygen pressure and with temperature. Using pavement-temperature oxidation kinetics obtained for eight asphalts in this study, it has been determined that the activation energies for the constant- rate region are dependent on the oxygen pressure and can be related to the asphaltene composition of the asphalt. An oxidation kinetic model is developed to predict the rate of oxidation in the constant-rate region knowing an initial asphaltene composition variable for the asphalt.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Domke, C. H., Davison, R. R., & Glover, C. J.

citation count

  • 40

complete list of authors

  • Domke, CH||Davison, RR||Glover, CJ

publication date

  • March 2000